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PGA Tour Considering Stricter Cut Lines

Making it to the weekend in a PGA Tour event will officially become a little tougher starting next season.


That development comes with the news that the tour will implement a stricter cut line for the 2019-2020 season. As a result of a policy change approved this week, the number of players to advance to the final two rounds of events next season will be limited to the top 65 and ties. The PGA had previously allowed the top 70 and ties to compete in the final 36 holes. 


In addition to this change, the secondary 54-hole cut -- utilized if 78 or more players advance after the 36-hole cut -- has been eliminated altogether.


This is a significant alteration to the tour landscape moving forward. Not only will the smaller number of weekenders make competition a little stiffer, but it also raises the stakes on tournament payouts as prize money will be awarded to fewer finishers. The change is one that has competitors on both sides of the aisle.

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